Manchester United ensured they came away with a much-needed win and they defended pretty well when they needed to, especially after being down to 10 men for the last half hour. United fans are desperate for any semblance of the never-say-die attitude that epitomised the Sir Alex Ferguson era to rear it’s head again and you could say it did at home to West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
Consistency is most certainly key, especially for promoted sides and Leicester City were brought back down to Earth at the weekend after their 5-3 heroics against Manchester United a week ago. Beaten 2-0 at Selhurst Park by Crystal Palace, they were unable to match the level of intensity as well as the clinical finishing of their historic result. Most certainly, Nigel Pearson has a talented and vibrant side, but he must pick up results against teams in and around them rather than rely on the odd wonder result.
The two derbies this weekend seemed to struggle under the weight of expectation, particularly since it was the North London and Merseyside derbies. Traditionally, both games are non-stop, a controversy-laden, adrenaline-fuelled episode on and off the pitch but something just wasn’t quite right with them right from the off. There was relatively little spark while there was significant effort on both sides in both derbies.
Burnley were comprehensively dispatched by West Bromwich Albion on Sunday and were left to rue an unadventurous approach, which seemingly is against everything manager Sean Dyche stands for. They went for the compact game-plan that in fairness worked for half-an-hour or so and then when West Brom scored, it seemed to hinder Burnley rather than help them find a way back into the match.
However, what is for certain is that Burnley need something other than ‘keeping it tight’ for such games as these are the ones they really need to win to have any chance of staying up come May.
Chelsea kept up their early season relentlessness as they comfortably dispatched Aston Villa 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. It was that easy, Mourinho even had the gall to claim that star striker Diego Costa, who again scored, hardly trains! Hmm. We’re not too sure on that Jose. However, the formbook looks ominous for those looking to stop the Blues this season, and at the moment, the only team who look to have the resources to do that are Manchester City.
City managed to come away from Humberside with a win after letting slip a 2-goal lead but they ruthlessly took their chances while denying Hull theirs in what was quite a close shave for the champions, they however have the experience within their team to close out games.
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